While almost everyone in Camden County agrees that we need to bring more jobs to the community, opinions still vary widely on how we accomplish this. During the time we were on the upward slope of Kings Bay Naval Submarine Base’s development, Camden County could afford to get by on its “good looks.” Many businesses opened here between the 1980s and the 2000s. Scores of houses were built because of the thousands of military and civil service personnel attached to the base. But in the last 15 years or so, our workforce has shrunk...
Coastal Pines Technical College rolled out plans for a new diploma program during a presentation at the Georgia Marine Workforce Summit last week at Crooked River State Park. Camden area students will have the opportunity in the near future to earn a 40-hour marine engine technology diploma at the college, which also will offer 15- and 17-hour certificate programs for basic marine engine technician and basic marine servicing technician. The program fits into the economic development agenda that the Joint Development Authority hopes will bring more employers and more jobs to the county.
Representatives of ABL Space Systems visited Camden this week to scout out properties for future operations in Camden. CEO Harry O'Hanley and CFO Dan Piemont made their second trip to the area after their small rocket company signed a memorandum of understanding with Camden County to explore a future presence at the Spaceport Camden. They are pretty confident that the county's commercial spaceport project - still in the midst of the pre-application phase for a federal launch operators license - will become a reality. "We think it will happen and it will be a beautiful thing." Piemont said during an interview Tuesday at the Tribune & Georgian office in St. Marys. ABL currently employs about 15 people and is based in Los Angeles, where they also have a small research and development facility. The company website lists both Camden and Kodak, Alaska, as potential launch sites.
Governor Nathan Deal on Wednesday signed the 2018-19 budget, which includes funding for a new campus in Camden County for Coastal Pines Technical College. The capital project will be the first classroom building in the county for the college, according to Coastal Pines Technical College President Dr. Glenn Deibert. “We are excited to have an opportunity to have more of a presence in Camden County,” Deibert said. “Camden has been a strong supporter of our college and the residents and business community have been patiently waiting for a campus to provide more technical programs for Camden and the surrounding counties.”
Companies from all over the United States responsible for manufacturing parts for Trident Subs came to Camden County, GA to learn about business opportunities with Kings Bay Naval Base.
Communities have also realized that their local military bases, such as Kings Bay Naval Base, are not only a source of pride, but also a source of potential workforce that could be a vital tool in their economic development strategies.